17 things you need to become a home baker

Baking is an age-old tradition that has been shown to improve your overall well-being. During the activity, you can practice mindfulness while creating a delicious treat to share with others. But if you’re ready to come in The Great British Bake Off or want to start becoming a baker, there are tools and gadgets that can help you hone your skills. Here are 17 things you’ll need in the kitchen to become a home baker in no time.

1. KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer; $429

A big part of baking is combining ingredients. This is especially true for bread which requires kneading to build up the gluten protein, which makes the dough more elastic. A stand mixer like this one from KitchenAid can save you time and an arm workout. It includes a 5-quart mixing bowl, 10-speed slide control, and comes complete with a dough hook, flat beater, and wire whisk attachments.

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2. Chasuble square apron; $16

Baking can be messy, so you’ll need an apron to protect your clothes from flour flying everywhere and batter splattering against the walls. This square pinafore apron is made from a cotton and linen blend, has two large front pockets and criss-cross straps in the back instead of a belt that could fall off. It’s also available in eight sizes and 20 colors for a custom kitchen look.

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3. Stainless steel mixing bowls, set of 5; $22

Standard mixing bowls are an essential tool to have by your side if you need to whisk eggs, make sauce, or store batter. This set of five mixing bowls comes in 0.75, 1.5, 3, 4, and 5 quart sizes, so you can mix as many things as you want at once. Plus, due to their tiered sizes, they can nest inside each other for easier storage in your closet and save space.

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4. Silicone kitchen utensils, set of 17; $27

Cooking requires many different tools, especially utensils such as whisks, spatulas, oven mitts, etc. This set includes 16 instruments made of professional grade silicone and heat resistant up to 482℉. They even come with a stand that will keep them organized and sit nicely on your counter.

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5. Silicone baking mat, set of 2; $13

Silicone mats are one of the most versatile tools in the home baker’s arsenal. As they are oven safe and made from food grade silicone, they are perfect as work surfaces before baking or to replace parchment paper. Plus, they can withstand heat up to 480°F and are non-stick, so anything baked on the mats will come off easily.

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6. Non-stick baking pans, set of 7 pieces; $34

This set of 7 baking utensils is perfect if you don’t have pans, muffin pans or trays in your kitchen or if you want to spruce up your collection. In the set, you will find a muffin pan, two cookie sheets, a loaf pan and three pans in round, oblong and square shapes. As a bonus, the pieces are also non-stick and are dishwasher safe.

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7. Springform pan; $13

those who watch The Great British Bake Off will know that getting a cake out of a mold can be a delicate task. A springform pan can take some of that stress away. Unlike other pans, this 9-inch one has a removable bottom and a spring-loaded latch to lock the cake in the pan and prevent leaks. The pan is also non-stick and oven safe up to 450°F. It even comes with 50 pieces of circular parchment paper, so your desserts won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

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8. Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Anniversary Bundt Casserole; $35

If you’re looking to create uniquely styled baked goods, use a well-designed Bundt pan as your mold instead of doing the carving yourself. This Nordic Ware Bundt pan is part of the brand’s Platinum Anniversary Collection and has over 5000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating. The cast aluminum non-stick skillet holds 10-15 cups of mix.

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9. Rolling pin with adjustable thickness rings; $18

Rolling pins are a great tool for flattening cookie dough and pie crusts. Unlike traditional rolling pins, this one comes with four adjustable thickness rings that can help ensure your dough is an even thickness as you roll. This feature will help ensure that your cookies and crusts bake evenly when the time comes. It also has a ruler etched into the pin so you can better measure your dough.

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10. Cooling racks, set of 2; $13

Whether you’re baking cookies, cake, or muffins, almost anything baked needs to be cooled before you can eat or decorate it, and a wire rack is a great way to circulate air around those edible treats. This set includes two grids that feature a mesh grid pattern, so nothing slips through the cracks. Plus, if needed, you can use the racks in the oven up to 575℉.

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11. OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Angled Measuring Cup; $11

Unlike cooking, baking is a science, which means following the recipe and ingredient measurements is essential. This liquid measuring cup has over 22,000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating. It’s become a fan favorite due to its slanted inside standard and metric marking design, which allows you to keep track of your measurements without looking at the sides. It also has a silicone handle and is compatible with most dishwashers.

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12. Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons, Set of 16; $31

For dry measurements, this set of 16 cups and spoons will get you started. The collection includes seven cups and seven tablespoons and teaspoons of various sizes. It even comes with two D-rings, so you can put all the spoons on one ring and all the cups on the other to stay organized and save drawer space. Plus, the set comes with a magnetic conversion chart, so you can complete any recipe with standard or metric measurements.

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13. Digital kitchen scale for food; $13

Many recipes that use the metric system tend to measure ingredients in grams, or weight. To complete these recipes, you will need a scale, especially a kitchen scale that can measure smaller amounts of weight. This best-selling scale on Amazon has over 126,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. It also reveals four units of measurement and comes in nine colors.

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14. Silicone Cupcake Muffin Cups, 36 Pack; $15

When baking cupcakes or muffins, it’s a good idea to have baking pans to prevent the batter from sticking to the sides of the pan. However, why use traditional paper molds when you can be kinder to the planet and opt for a silicone alternative instead? This pack includes baking pans in three shapes – rectangle, circle and square – and all are made from food grade silicone that is oven safe up to 446℉.

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15. Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus Cake Decorating Tool; $12

Once you’ve baked and cooled your cakes, cookies and other creations, it’s time to decorate them. This plunger-style icing tool allows you to have more precision and versatility than a traditional plastic piping bag. The device comes with two couplers to prevent icing from leaking, as well as a filling nozzle and four decorating nozzles that create stars, rosettes, leaves and dots.

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16. Cuisinart Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Colanders, Set of 3; $13

A colander, or as the British would call it, a positive, is useful for dry ingredients to ensure there are no lumps bending into your mixture. However, you can also use this tool to sprinkle your cakes with icing sugar. This set of three comes in different sizes, so you can sift through large amounts of flour or be precise with a light dusting of powdered sugar on a dessert. Cuisinart Colanders also have over 19,000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.

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17. Cake rack; $24

After baking, cooling, and decorating your treats, you’ll need a place to store them. This cake rack is the ultimate multifunctional storage unit. It can hold cakes up to 10 inches in diameter, or 11 cupcakes or muffins with its special holding tray. There is also a tray with compartments to store all your confections. The best part is the lid, which stands five inches high, has a handle and three locking clips on the side so nothing spills out.

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